I spent this weekend deep in the Oxfordshire countryside.
It's been awhile since I've managed a road trip, and while 80 miles might not count as 'roadtrippin' in America or South Africa, given the size of those great countries, it counts here.
There's no denying it's autumn on this side of the world...
...which is actually in my top 4 seasons.
Living in England has given me an appreciation of seasons in a way I never had growing up in South Africa - there autumn just meant it was a bit nippy to swim in the pool once it was in the afternoon shade.
Kirst made apple crumble using apples from her orchard.
Normally I *detest* cooked fruit, but my immaculate breeding (I should have been a princess or an heiress, actually) meant I behaved as a good house-guest would, and opted to suffer through it, politely, with a back up plan to hide it under the napkin and feed it to the cats later.
Only it was amazeballs.
So amazeballs that I didn't stop to take a picture. Instead here is an autumn collage, which took longer to put together than it took to inhale my pudding:
I have come home with some apples from her orchard,
in case those were the magic ingredient.
I'm not sure whether it will work with regular pedestrian supermarket apples, but I would suggest you might as well try.
Her home-made recipe is here
(Jamie Oliver helped with the crumble):
225g plain flour
Pinch of salt
Whack in food processor until looks like fine breadcrumbs. Or rub between fingers.
Filling - 5 big home grown cooking apples peeled, cored, sliced into small bite size chunks. Layer dish with apple, sprinkle some lemon juice over and 3 tablespoons sugar.Sprinkle crumble over top and bake in oven @ 200 degrees C for about 45 mins until top looks golden and crunchy. Serve with custard.
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